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This gallery contains 5 photos.
At first light this morning I noticed that the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) was flowering. Between showers of rain, often heavy, I dashed out to get a recording shot.
On the bank below there was this fungus. Last time there was one in this spot it was a Birch Knight (Tricholoma fulvum) so I presumed this one was too. Then the rain began again and I stuffed the camera up my jumper and came inside.
On 24 July I came across my first sighting of False Saffron Milkcaps (Lactarius deterrimus) under a very large spruce tree. Their green staining and the orange stains they left on my fingers made them intriguing from the start. There were just a few back then and they weren’t very big. Since then a lot more have appeared in the same area and it has been interesting to watch their progress.
The last time I went to look a white club or coral fungus had appeared mixed in the milkcaps.
Apparently these milkcaps are edible, though not as good as some others according to Roger Phillips. I haven’t tried eating any.
The Orange Birch Bolete (Leccinum versipelle) that I spotted three days ago under the front bank birch (first pic below) is now a lot bigger and apparently has been tasty to various wee beasties. For scale, those are Devil’s-bit Scabious leaves near it.
The troop of Brown Rollrim mushrooms (Paxillus involutus) under the big birch up top has increased its number. Some of its number have increased their size; the one in the bottom right pic below whose width was my hand span. Some of them had another fungus growing on them.
Down below the garden, and over the boggy lane as the land falls steeply under a huge spruce tree, where I had previously spotted a few False Saffron Milkcap mushrooms (Lactarius deterrimus), there is now a much bigger troop of several groups. I love the saffron colour (that bit is not what’s false!) that the scratched stems and broken flesh of this fungus show.
Thinking as I walked back uphill to the house that I hadn’t seen a Brown Birch Bolete yet, I spotted one. We usually get quite a few of these. I’ve seen roe deer eat them occasionally.
On Wednesday I found a single plant of Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) just outside our top fence in the green lane between two fields.
On Thursday, as it was a lovely morning, I decided to walk around the field to see if I could find any more. I started at the top where it’s easy to do a scissor step over our fence and I was nearly round to the bottom field gate before I found some good sized patches. I photographed the field border below them so that I could find them again.
During my trundle I found some other flowers and a couple of fungi:
Foxgloves put on a good show against a backdrop of gorse bushes intermingled with brambles.
I went down to the pond triangle to see how the ragworts were doing. They have not had much sun but they are getting going at last.
It’s definitely self-heal season now:
Walking back up I came across the first Amanita fungus of the Boggy Brae year. I think this is Orange Grisette (Amanita crocea). It’s right under the big birch on the drive.
It’s beginning to look quite autumnal in the shade of the big birch and the holly tree on the opposite side that’s in our neighbours’ garden.
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